Harold “Gus” Block, beloved husband of Theresa “Terry” passed away on Wednesday, November 13, 2019 after a long, full life of 95 years and 70 years of marriage. He was born on June 20, 1924 in Menasha, one of eight children to John and Emma (Pontow) Block. He graduated from local schools, including Lawrence College. Gus served in the United States Army for three years during World War II in Europe with the 11th Armored Division under General George Patton and fought in the Battle of the Bulge. After serving, he returned home to Wisconsin and met his future wife, Terry when they both worked at Western Condensing Company in Appleton. They were married in September of 1949 and had 7 children. Over the years they welcomed 15 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and just recently, one great-great-grandchild. Gus worked for American Can/James River Corporation and retired after many years of employment.
He was preceded in death by his parents, 5 brothers and 1 sister, and their spouses: Frederick “Fritz” (Martha), Olene (Morris) Worsham, John (Jane), Earl (Helen), Lawrence (Mary), and Charles, as well as two sisters in-law and their spouses: Mary (Jerome) Stadler, Monica (Glen) McParlon, and brother in-law Don Witeck.
He is survived by his wife, Theresa; two daughters, Judy (Jim) Guyette and Mary (Chris) Garth; 5 sons; Keith, Bruce (Nancy), Mike (Nicole), Tim (Claudia), and Peter (Elizabeth), grandchildren; Jeannie (Jerry) Worden, Michelle (Dan) Huebschen, Dave (Sharon) Guyette, Joe (Kristin) Guyette, Holly and Greg Block, Ben (Vilma) Garth, Andy (Jin Young) Garth, Cindy (Fred) Chen, Cameron and Taylor Block, Jennie, Steven, Theresa and Matthew Block; 16 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild. Gus is also survived by a sister, Beverly (James) Shannon and sisters-in law, Susie Block and Agnes Witeck and many nieces and nephews.
The Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 23, 2019 at St. Mary Catholic Church, 528 Second St., Menasha with Fr. Paul Paider officiating. Visitation will be at the church from 9:00 a.m. until the time of Mass. In lieu of flowers a memorial is being established. For online condolences, please visit: www.kesslerfh.com.
The family would like to thank the Valley VNA and Theda Care at Home Hospice for all of the loving care they gave to Gus.
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